Browsing: November 20

A Brief History On November 20, 1917, a combined Allied offensive (British and French) stepped off against the Germans at Cambrai, France (Nord Department).  The use of massed armor in close coordination with artillery and infantry was an historic first, and set the pattern for future use of armored vehicles.  Although tanks had been used during World War I prior to Cambrai, they were used in smaller numbers (as many as 60 at a time) and only in close contact with the infantry in a strictly infantry support role.  Initial breakthroughs by tank supported attacks fizzled as the unreliable metal…

A Brief History On November 20, 1518, Sir Marmaduke Constable, a Tudor Era English courtier and soldier, died in a most unusual way.  One may even say, in an idiotic way.  This gentleman died when he drank a glass of water and swallowed the frog that was in the water!  (No, we have no idea why there was a frog in his water.)  Normally we like to save the best for last, but in this case, old Marmaduke has to take top prize for dreaming up stupid ways to die.  We list Mr. Constable and 9 others who probably wish…

A Brief History Biographical comedy-drama fans, here is your chance to be among the first in Cleveland to see The Disaster Artist on Monday, November 20, 2017 at 7:30 PM at Cedar Lee Theatre in Cleveland Heights, Ohio!  Please visit http://www.gofobo.com/JCUTDA for the chance to download a pass.  Passes are limited and seating is first-come, first-served and not guaranteed.  Please arrive early to increase chance of entry. Digging Deeper With The Disaster Artist, James Franco transforms the tragicomic true-story of aspiring filmmaker and infamous Hollywood outsider Tommy Wiseau — an artist whose passion was as sincere as his methods were questionable —…

A Brief History On November 20, 1861, certain representatives of some Kentucky counties calling themselves the Confederate Government of Kentucky seceded from the Union of the United States of America. In honor of this action, a star on the Confederate States of America flag represented the Confederate State of Kentucky. Digging Deeper Well, well, well! Not so fast! The actual legitimate government of Kentucky had no such ideas about seceding from the Union and officially Kentucky, although a slave state, did not secede and join the Confederacy. Obviously sentiments in this “border” state were divided, and officially the State considered…

A Brief History On November 20, 1998, a huge step in the history of space exploration took place when the Zarya segment of the International Space Station (ISS) was launched, the first part of the largest man-made object to orbit the Earth.  Still in use, the ISS can actually be seen by the naked eye from Earth. Digging Deeper Zarya (sunrise in Russian), was designed by the Russians for use with their Mir space station.  Called a Functional Cargo Block, this segment of the ISS was originally used to provide electricity, storage, propulsion and guidance during the early stages of…

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